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Active Voice: Can Exercise Capacity Predict Survival in Cystic Fibrosis?
Are You Registered for ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition?
ACSM Creating New Health Equity Certification
Exercise Science and Health Conference at Cold Springs Harbor
ACSM to Host Capitol Hill Day March 3-4
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines


Active Voice: Can Exercise Capacity Predict Survival in Cystic Fibrosis?
By Erik H. J. Hulzebos, P.T., M.Sc., Ph.D., and Tim Takken, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Erik J. Hulzebos, P.T., M.Sc., Ph.D., is a clinical exercise physiologist, sports physical therapist, and assistant professor in clinical health sciences at the University Children’s Hospital of the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands. His main research and clinical interest is clinical pediatric exercise physiology. He has performed studies in many clinical populations including children with cardiorespiratory disease. Dr. Hulzebos published more than 35 peer-reviewed papers and authored five books. He is an ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, and member of the European Pediatric Work Physiology, European Cystic Fibrosis Society and ECFS working group "Exercise in patients with cystic fibrosis.

Tim Takken, M.Sc., Ph.D., is a medical physiologist and associate professor in pediatrics at the Wilhemina Children's Hospital of the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands. He has a special interest in clinical pediatric exercise physiology. He is currently director of the Clinical Exercise Testing Laboratory in Utrecht. Further, he is the chair of the Dutch chapter of CPX international. Dr. Takken has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and authored four books. This commentary presents Dr. Hulzebos’ and Takken’s views on the topic related to a research article that they authored with colleagues. Their article is published in the November 2014 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

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Are You Registered for ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition?
Register by February 11 and save! Whether you're a certified health practitioner, a fitness professional working in the industry or a student about to embark on a new career, you'll find education, inspiration and networking opportunities at the ACSM Summit. Here are just some of the great benefits you'll get from attending the Summit:
  • Enjoy daily workouts and hands-on workshops designed to help you elevate your health/fitness knowledge and services.
  • Attend research-backed lectures to hear the latest developments, technological innovations, and trends in the field.
  • Earn up to 25 continuing education credits (CECs) while learning from, and connecting with, respected researchers, experts, speakers and trainers in the health and fitness field.
  • Leave the Summit with a host of practical ideas and applications supported by credible, evidence-based information and ACSM's trusted brand.
The ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition will be held March 31- April 3 at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix, Ariz. View the Summit program or register today!

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ACSM Creating New Health Equity Certification
The ACSM Strategic Health Initiative (SHI) on Health Equity Certification Subcommittee met January 27-28 at the ACSM National Center in Indianapolis. The SHI is working on a certificate aimed at increasing cultural competence in those working with patients and clients of diverse populations desiring or needing to become more physically active. The goal of the certification is to help reduce health disparities and advance overall health equity. Look for more information about this new certification in future issues of SMB.
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Exercise Science and Health Conference at Cold Springs Harbor
A spring conference on Exercise Science and Health will be held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, on March 9-12, 2015.

The proposed meeting will assemble high-level leaders in this interdisciplinary field, with representation of basic research, clinical/translational science and public health.

"We've assembled an impressive lineup of speakers, including ACSM members and fellows,” said Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., FACSM, one of the conference organizers. "The combination of presenters, timely topics, a poster session and a focus on new and unpublished data sets the table for an excellent conference that attendees will find valuable."

Hot topics discussed at the conference will include:
  • Type 2 Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome
  • Healthy Aging
  • Muscle Hypertrophy and Sarcopenia
  • Parental Exercise and Child Health Outcomes
  • Non-Responders to Exercise Training
  • Physical Activity and Cognition
Go here for more information or to register.

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ACSM to Host Capitol Hill Day March 3-4
Signaling the steady growth of its policy influence, ACSM will hold its third annual Capitol Hill Day March 3-4. Capitol Hill Day offers ACSM members the opportunity to provide their insights on issues that Congress is considering. It is vital that ACSM members participate in order to positively affect ACSM's policy goals. ACSM members who are interested are invited to participate in the prep session (Tuesday evening, March 3) and visits with members of Congress and staff (March 4).

While ACSM cannot reimburse expenses, those participating will enjoy the rewards of ensuring that Congress is adequately educated and can make informed decisions on legislation related to their profession. Capitol Hill Day presents an opportunity not only to interact with elected leaders and staff, but the sports celebrities who will be part of the day's activities as well.

ACSM will partner with the Sports & Fitness Industry Association in staging another highly successful and influential Capitol Hill Day. To sign up for Capitol Hill Day or for more information, contact Monte Ward, ACSM's vice president for government relations, at

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ACSM in the News includes recent stories featuring the college and its members as subject matter experts. ACSM is a recognized leader among national and international media and a trusted source on sports medicine and exercise science topics. Because these stories are written by the media, they do not necessarily reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. These stories are meant to share coverage of ACSM with members and inform them about what the public is reading and hearing about the field.

The Fitness Trends that Will Rule in 2015
The Washington Post
If you're sporting a heart-rate monitor while banging out your last set of push-ups in a class of three people, you're on the cutting edge of fitness.

Even if you just manage to do one of those, you'll be on trend for 2015, a year that trainers say will be defined by a return to basic exercises and the continued integration of technology.

We're not about to say goodbye to CrossFit or high-intensity interval training, the pop stars of 2014. But health experts expect people to gravitate toward workouts they can do anywhere and look for ways to judge their performance this year.

So much of what's anticipated to blow up in 2015 has been around for a while, but some of the following trends may play an even bigger role in your fitness routine this year

Gym class hero

Remember all of the pull-ups, sit-ups and push-ups you did in high school gym class? Those exercises that made up the Presidential Fitness Test remain the foundation of effective workouts, said Walter Thompson, a professor of kinesiology and health at Georgia State University.

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Exercise Should be Treated like Any other Vital Sign
Miami Herald
Exercise may be one of the most potent prescriptions your doctor can give you to prevent and manage a number of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, obesity, cancer and osteoporosis.

And that's why the American College of Sports Medicine has collaborated with the American Medical Association to create a global initiative called Exercise is Medicine®. It's also why Anne Auguste, 55, of North Miami Beach, and Timothy Soler, 39, of Miami, make their way to the gym most days of the week to take fitness classes and do weight training.

"Doctors who choose to participate in EIM agree to treat exercise like any other vital sign," says Dr. Tony Musto, who has a Ph.D. in exercise physiology and is director of fitness programs for UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center locations in Coral Gables and Miami.

So the next time you visit your doctor, he may not only check your heart rate, breathing rate, temperature and blood pressure, but also your exercise regimen.

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